Allison Book Published

Stuart Allison’s (biology) book Ecological Restoration and Environmental Change: Renewing Damaged Ecosystems was published in the United Kingdom and Europe on May 18, 2012. The book was published by Routledge, part of the Taylor and Francis Publishing Group. It will be officially published in North America within the next month (once hard copies arrive at the publisher’s warehouse). Ecological Restoration and Environmental Change was written during Stuart’s Fulbright funded sabbatical at Cranfield University in the UK. Although Stuart focuses on ecological restoration within a global context, he frequently uses examples from Knox College’s Green Oaks Field Research Center to illustrate his points.
You can find more information about the book on the publishers website:

Prado Article Published

Antonio Prado (Modern Languages) has recently published an article titled, “Perspectivas de género en el reciento video-activismo argentino: nuevas estrategias y propuestas” in the collection Este que ves, engaño colorido…. Literaturas, culturas y sujetos alternos en América Latina. Icaria editorial, Barcelona, 2012.

Prairie Players Presents, Social Security, May 17-20

“Social Security” by Andrew Bergman, directed by Melissa Agar ’93, is a fun-filled show about a married couple (Sonrisa Nolan and John Siebken) who are art dealers and whose domestic tranquility is shattered upon the arrival of the wife’s goody goody nerd of a sister (M. E. Fowler) and her uptight CPA husband (Gary Mustain). They drop off her eccentric mother (Vera Fornander) for an undetermined stay, and the comic sparks really begin to fly when the mother hits it off with the elderly minimalist artist (Larry Diemer) who is also the dealers’ best client.
Production dates are: May, 17, 18, 19 at 7:30 p.m. and May 20 at 2 p.m. in the Sandburg Mall Theater, Galesburg. General admission tickets for all performances of this adult comedy may be obtained by stopping by Innkeepers Fresh Roasted Coffee, 80 North Seminary Street. Tickets will also be available at the door. Tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for students.

Extended Library Hours

Seymour and Science Libraries will have extended hours during the following dates:

Seymour Library
Monday, May 21 – Monday, May 28 (8 a.m.-2 a.m.)
Tuesday, May 29 (8 a.m.-11 p.m.) *last day of finals

Science & Mathematics Library
Monday, May 21 – Monday, May 28 (8 a.m.-12midnight)
Tuesday, May 29 (8 a.m.-10:30 p.m.) *last day of finals

APO Run-A-Thon, May 18-19

This year Alpha Phi Omega brings to you its annual fundraiser the Run-A-Thon. All proceeds from this event will go towards the Knox County Child Advocacy Center in hopes of bettering the lives of the children there and presenting them with new opportunities. The Knox County Child Advocacy Center is an agency that provides services to abused and neglected children who lack most of the opportunities we take for granted in our day to day lives.
The event will be held on May 18-19, beginning on the outdoor track and moving into the T. Fleming Fieldhouse. APO would appreciate it if Faculty and Staff could attend this event and it would be even more exciting if you could organize yourselves into various teams and sign up for the run (for instance Team Old Main, Team SMC or Team GDH to say a few). The theme of the event this year is “A Blast From the Past.” Run dressed in some retro gear or whatever you feel comfortable running in. It costs $8 per person registered within a team. If, however, you are not able to make a team we would still greatly appreciate your turnout and whatever form of donations you see fit to give us for the event. Invite your family and friends from the community to participate as well. There will be lots and lots of fun activities going on for children and adults alike.
Sign-ups will be held in the Seymour Gallery during lunch and dinner hours until Friday, May 18.

Knox Choir Spring Concert, May 11

On Friday, May 11 at 7:30 p.m. in the First Presbyterian Church, 101 North Prairie Street, the Knox Choir will perform a repertoire of choral pieces, some of which were performed during their spring break tour through Spain. A special feature will be the public premiere of “Youth and Pioneers” by Daniel Godsil, a work commissioned in honor of the 175th anniversary with a text based Carl Sandburg’s speech at the rededication of Old Main in 1937. Following the concert, a reception will feature displays about the tour and the Choir program at Knox.

Knox Theatre presents UNDER CONSTRUCTION by Charles L. Mee

You’re invited to the final theatre production of the year!
Begin making plans now…
When: May 16, 17, 18, 19 at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Studio Theatre, Ford Center for the Arts
Under Construction was inspired by the Norman Rockwell covers on the Saturday Evening Posts during the 1950s and the installation artwork of Jason Rhoades in the early 21st century. The play is a collage of America (both then and now) that compares Frank Sinatra’s crooning, Ann Bannon’s pulp fiction, and Allen Ginsberg’s beat poetry to contemporary rock music, alternative images of sexuality, and a variety of icons from popular culture. We invite you to join us as we weave together multiple stories to build a landscape of America and its many possibilities.
Featuring student actors Sam Auch, Kathleen Donoghue, Jack Dryden, Chloë Luetkemeyer, Isaac Miller, Nellie Ognacevic, Neil Phelps, Andrew Purvis, and Avery Wigglesworth.
Tickets are free for all in the Knox Community / $10 for Adults / $5 for Seniors and Alumni. Seating is limited.
Tickets are available at the door an hour prior to each performance or by advanced reservation by calling 309.341.7472

Symphony to Present Pops Concert, May 12

The Knox-Galesburg (KGS) will present a Mother’s Day tribute with its annual “Celebrate Mom at the Pops” concert under the direction of Bruce Polay. The KGS Saturday, May 12 concert narrated by radio air personality Terry Cavanaugh will feature “The Best of Broadway” medleys from previous KGS Pops concerts. The concert, which begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Orpheum Theatre, will include selections from “Phantom of the Opera,” “Fiddler on the Roof,” “South Pacific,” “The King and I,” “Sound of Music” and other Broadway show tune favorites filling the evening with memorable melodies. The program “selections” are from many of the most famous musicals on record. Each of these medleys is famous in its own way for bringing to light popular songs that have bridged the years with fond and poignant memories. Terry Cavanaugh’s comments, interspersed between each of the selections will highlight interesting historical commentary aimed at reminding all of the wonder and genius of this glorious art form.
Tickets, starting as low as $8, are available at the Orpheum Theatre Office, 250 East Main Street in Galesburg or at the door. Children and students are half price. Knox Students 1/2 Price with ID. Discounts not applicable.

College and Foundation Launch Community Service Initiative

Knox and the Galesburg Community Foundation (GCF) are launching an innovative community engagement initiative that will connect Knox graduates and current students with Galesburg area non-profit agencies and entrepreneurial projects.
The program, titled KnoxCorps, is planned to start this fall and will be jointly overseen by the College and the GCF. KnoxCorps will deploy recent graduates into the Galesburg area to work with local organizations. Graduates will be placed with organizations for approximately 10 months, supporting and staffing important initiatives and bringing additional energy and commitment to these organizations.
KnoxCorps will consist of two levels — a program for recent graduates, known as KnoxCorps Fellowships, and an undergraduate leadership team. Fellowships consist of a one-year service commitment of up to 20 hours per week. Fellows will receive an annual stipend and become eligible for an educational voucher after completing the program.
Undergraduate participants in KnoxCorps will make a two-year commitment to participate for at least eight hours per week. In addition to their service, undergraduates will meet weekly with the KnoxCorps Fellows to develop skills and exchange ideas.
The program will be administered by Dr. Gary Funk, former president and C.E.O. of the Community Foundation of the Ozarks and current director of The Rural School and Community Trust’s Center for Midwestern Initiatives. Funk will serve as a consultant to President Amott on this project and other strategic initiatives.
The GCF is a collection of funds and resources that supports the efforts of local people and organizations to foster and promote a healthy community. GCF believes a healthy community focuses its efforts on productive dialogue, collaborative action, team building and unity of purpose.

Allison Attends Annual Meeting

Stuart Allison (biology) recently attended the annual meeting of the Midwest-Great Lakes Chapter of the Society for Ecological Restoration. He was there in his capacity as a member of the Board of Directors of SER. He gave a presentation about the new SER strategic plan, strategic initiatives that result from that plan, the newly hired executive director and other recent changes at SER.